Encouraging your children to get into gardening is a great way to introduce them to the wonders of the natural world and kickstart a love for the outdoors. Especially in a world where entertainment for kids is often dominated by screens, getting children engaged with nature is a great way to keep them moving.
To help them begin their gardening journey there is a wide choice of gardening kits and specialised tools which can help. With the help of Alan Titchmarsh, we’ve rounded up the best gardening tools, sets and supplies for budding gardeners.
We have 13 different products for children to use in the garden with everything from spades to seed bombs and pots to stickers. If you want to explore more ways for your children to have fun outdoors then check out our guides to the best kids’ wheelbarrows and the best kids’ gardening gloves.
For even more fun outdoors, try our guides to the best kids’ wheelbarrows and best kids’ gardening gloves. And we’ve also found some of the best wooden playhouses and kids’ garden toys to keep them entertained between gardening tasks.
Best kids’ gardening kits, tools and supplies
Here you’ll find everything you need to put Alan Titchmarsh’s advice into practice. There’s a range of kids’ garden tools, kits and sets, guaranteed to get your children gardening and enjoying the outdoors.
Children’s Gardening Tools
These tools are miniature versions of the real thing from Burgon and Ball, complete with stainless steel blades, so children can get long-lasting use. There are a mixture of tools available such as digging forks, trowels, spades and trugs, all of which have durable wooden handles.
The digging spade and digging fork are suitable for children aged six and over, while the hand fork and trowel can be used by children over the age of four. There is also the option to buy a set of tools that comes with gloves (but no spade).
Price: £13.95 – £34.95
Buy Children’s Gardening Tools from Harrod Horticultural
Grow Your Own Sunflower Kit
Growing sunflowers is a great activity to do with kids. These bright flowers are fast-growing, so children don’t have to wait long for results, and they’ll be amazed at how tall a plant they can grow from just a small seed. This grow bag contains everything they need to get started, including seeds, peat-free compost and instructions for sowing their sunflower and planting it out in the garden.
Buy Grow Your Own Sunflower Kit from Etsy
Stickers can help kids to personalise their gardening tools and pots, making them more colourful and vibrant. These unisex animal stickers from Baker Ross are perfect for younger gardeners and with 96 stickers in each pack, the kids can surely cover all of their tools two times over.
Buy Animal Stickers from Amazon
Strawberries Jute Grow Set
Kids love sweet, juicy strawberries and this kit allows them to grow their own – even if you only have a windowsill. What better way to get kids excited about eating their five-a-day, than by growing one themselves? The kit contains a plastic-lined jute bag, seeds, soil and self-watering gel. Put it somewhere sunny, keep it watered and kids can watch their strawberries grow.
Buy Strawberries Jute Grow Set from Not on the High Street
Briers Kids Watering Can
A full watering can is heavy for little hands to carry, but this lightweight, miniature metal version should be just right for kids. The bright colours have extra kid-appeal, while the rose will help them water plants gently, rather than drowning them.
Buy Briers Kids Watering Can from Morrisons
Suttons Vegetable Seeds
As Alan Titchmarsh says, getting kids into gardening is always easier if they can see results fast and get to enjoy the fruits of their labour. Growing tasty vegetables ticks both of those boxes. Choose fast-growing veg that they like to eat. Spring onions, lettuce and radishes are quick and easy to grow, so ideal for kids to get started with.
Price: from £1.75
Buy Suttons Vegetable Seeds from Suttons
Colourful children’s plant pots
This vibrant set includes 24 pots in eight bright colours, each crafted from high-quality, durable resin plastic with drainage holes on the bottom. They are perfect for both indoor and outdoor use and are designed for a wide range of plants whilst being small enough for even the youngest gardener’s hands.
Buy the Children’s Coloured Plant Pots from Amazon
Children’s Grow Your Own Cress Gardening Set
This set is perfect for the smallest gardeners and comes complete with everything they need to grow their own cress – perfect for adding to sandwiches. As well as the seeds and coir planter, the kit includes colourful tools, plant markers and a child-sized watering can. There’s also a notebook and pencil so they can keep track of their progress.
Buy Children’s Grow Your Own Cress Gardening Set from Not on the High Street
Venus fly trap
This macabre plant is bound to spark your little one’s interest. The Venus fly trap is carnivorous and will attract and eat flies. Kids can even test out the plant’s reflexes by touching a trap with a pencil and watching it close – but be careful not to try that trick too many times! They grow well on a windowsill indoors, so you don’t even need a garden.
Buy Venus fly trap from Thompson & Morgan
Plant it, Grow it and Eat it
This engaging kit teaches kids to grow beans, cress and nasturtium. As well as the seeds and materials for growing, there are colour-in and cut-out garden characters. Glue, a ruler and spatula are also included. It would be perfect for children aged seven and below.
Buy Plant it, Grow it and Eat it from Etsy
Grow A Lightsaber Yoda Onion Seeds
Grow your own lightsabers with these fun and educational spring onion seeds! In just 12 weeks, you’ll have long, thin white shoots that not only resemble lightsabers but also add a tasty twist to salads. Perfect for kids, these seeds come with free stickers, a magnifying glass and a measuring tape for added excitement.
Buy Grow A Lightsaber Yoda Onion Seeds from Suttons
RHS Let’s Get Gardening guide
This bright, clear and engaging book from the Royal Horticultural Society has tips for the whole family. Packed full of activities to do with children, there are DIY tricks, like turning old wellies into plant pots, and wildlife-friendly advice, such as how to build a miniature nature reserve in your own back garden.
Buy RHS Let’s Get Gardening guide from Amazon
There’s A Tiger In The Garden Seed Bomb and Book Set
The grenade-shaped container is filled with flower seeds and organic compost. Throw it into a patch of bare soil in the garden and look forward to seeing the colourful flowers grow. This one is inspired by the popular children’s book, There’s a Tiger in the Garden, and includes a copy of the book. The seedbom contains a mixture of black cornflower, African daisy ‘Orange Glory’, rudbeckia and California poppy seeds – to create an orange and black display as vibrant as any tiger.
Buy There’s A Tiger In The Garden Seedbom from Not on the High Street
Why is gardening good for kids?
Gardening is a wonderful activity for kids and it offers numerous benefits that help them grow and develop as people. Here are five ways in which gardening can have a positive impact on children.
Gardening teaches children responsibility and commitment. When they are put in charge of caring for plants they have to regularly take care of them and remember to consistently check up on them. Watching the plants thrive as a result of this can help give them a sense of accomplishment and pride.
Gardening is a lesson in patience. Children learn that plants take time to grow and that they need consistent care and attention. This helps them develop patience and it also helps to show them the benefit of long-term commitment in order to achieve a goal.
3. Healthy eating
By encouraging children to grow their own fruit and vegetables it can inspire them to eat more healthily. If they can find fun in growing and eating their own produce it can help them get used to eating healthy food and help them appreciate nutritious produce.
4. Physical activity
Gardening is a physical activity that gets kids moving. Digging, planting, weeding and watering can be fun forms of exercise. This exercise can help lower stress levels, relax children and provide a welcome break from screens and the hustle and bustle of modern life.
5. Life skills
Gardening helps children learn important life skills like planning and problem-solving. Kids can also work together with family or friends in the garden, helping build their teamwork and social skills.
This article was last updated in September 2023, apologies if any of the products or prices have since changed.